|Mammatus clouds..courtesy of google images|
I'm fascinated by the sky. I've always marveled when clouds would take on strange and beautiful forms....
There is something surreal about the sky.
When I was young, I have a memory that I will never forget. My family was headed to a trip to Mississippi to visit my grandmother. I remember singing the song, "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands."
As I was singing, I looked up at the sky..and the moonilight illuminated the clouds. They were formed into a pair of praying Hands. Have you ever seen images in the clouds? As a child we would lay on the grass and stare up at the sky and find elephants and puppies, and a variety of other living things. Sometimes, we had to use our imagination...but on this particular night, on our way to my grandmother's house in MI crooked letter, crooked letter, "I", the image was perfect.
Two hands, touching..pointed towards Heaven ...praying..
"He's got the Whole World in His Hands."
Recently, I was driving to work and I saw my first ever heart shaped cloud... I thought it was amazing.. God knew the amount of water it would take to make two slopes curve toward to a point..and how many dew drops it would take to make two tiny arches at the tops of the points to form a heart...
Our God is interesting.
lately, I've been trying to come up with interesting blog posts. I wanted to write about the clouds. For, the past few days, I have actually researched clouds. They various cloud types, thier names, thier appearance.
Yesterday, on my way home from work....I found myself attempting to classify the various clouds. I saw an abundance of altocumulus...stacked high..they were thick and fat,, puffy and the color of cotton.
I learned that clouds, when stacked high, signify rain..and so yesterday I predicted rain...
About an hour later, the wind began to blow..and the sky grew slighty dark..but no rain came...
I was close..but I still haven't mastered meteorolgy....Yet..
Today, I want to give you a brief lesson in clouds. Let me forewarn you, however. You may find yourself analyzing..and putting them in nice little packages that say, Cirrus, or stratus or something or other...and you may just give yourself a headache..like I did...
Maybe we should just enjoy them.....
But how cool would it be to be sitting with your friends and saying.."My, My check out the mare on that cirrus."
So this is what I have learned of clouds..in technical terms..
There are 4 main cloud types.
Let's start with Cirrus... In Latin, Cirrus means tuft or curl of hair...think thin and wispy..Cirrus clouds are thin..they are so high up in the sky that they are made up of tiny, ice particles. If you see an abundance of these thin and wispy clouds, you can be certain of a clear and sunny day.
Sometimes, Cirrus clouds have little tails called "mares" Think of a horse. A horse has a tail and is called a mare...
Here is a lovely picture of a cirrus cloud..a thin and wispy wonder of the sky..
|courtesy of google images|
|This is a good example of cirrus mare tails..little horse tails in the shape of clouds!|
2. The next type of cloud for discussion purposes is the stratus cloud. In Latin, stratus means layered..
Stratus clouds are usually low lying layered clouds..they are thick and usually signify rain is imminiment or will fast approach. If something is layered, it is heavy..and if clouds are heavy..they are fat with raindrops..
Here are some pics of stratus clouds.
| I took this picture in the Jamaican mountains last year.. |
|photo courtesy of google images|
|google image photo of cumulus clouds|
|More cumulous, esp. toward the bottom..|
The last cloud I will introduce is the lenticular cloud. Lenticular clouds form in the mountains..the air sweeping around the curves of the mountains make a very unique shape that resembles a UFO or flying saucer. Lenticular clouds are known as flying saucer clouds..
Enjoy these pics!
Well, I hope you learned something from this post. I love clouds and love to learn about the things I love.
So, grab a blanket on a sunny day and sit out under the sky...point out the shapes in the clouds and see if you can tell what kind of clouds that God has given you to enjoy.
post dedicated to Stacy LeBleu..who also loves clouds :)